Whether you're cooking a meal at home or going out to eat, if you're trying to lose weight, it's no secret that family-style dinners encourage us to eat more. When you have an empty plate in front of you and you see a whole array of different dishes to try, your eyes can be bigger than your stomach, and you can end up serving yourself a lot more calories than you would if you were just given a regular serving of food. It's just like going to a buffet. The food is in front of you, so you tend to keep going back for more. I'm all for sharing a meal with friends and family, but do yourself and your waistline a favor, and serve meals onto plates rather than from dishes on the table.